Important Updated COVID Policy for The Arc of Howard County’s Residential Program – Feb 7, 2022

Please see the attached letter from Executive Director, Cindy Parr concerning our updated policies and procedures for The Arc of Howard County’s Residential Program. 

Please contact your direct supervisor if you have any questions or concerns.

Download the PDF here.

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Message from Board President Cathy Cope – Departure of Executive Director, Cindy Parr – 1/5/22

C. Cope Letter to families

Letter to Arc Families from Executive Director, Cindy Parr: New COVID Policy and Procedures for The Arc of Howard County, 1/3/22

Mon, Jan 3, 2022 at 4:22 PM

Covid Communications to Families - Jan. 3 2022

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and MD Department of Health: COVID-19 Fact Sheets in Plain Language

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On January 3, 2022, The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council and the Maryland Department of Health released COVID-19 fact sheets in plain language.

Click here to download any of these seven (7) fact sheets as a set or by topic, or in a different language.

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2021 Legislative Town Hall: A Conversation About Employment Needs in the Disability Community


Amanda & Jill Dean Direct Support Award 2021 Nominations Are Open

The Amanda and Jill Dean Direct Support Award was created to recognize an exceptional employee in the Direct Support professional field at The Arc of Howard County. This award is presented annually and includes a $1,000 cash gift to the recipient. Employees eligible for this award can be any staff (DSP’s, DSM’s, and/or Employment Specialists) directly engaged in the day to day support of our individuals at The Arc of Howard County. Employees who are nominated must be in good standing with the agency and must have worked at least one year for The Arc of Howard County. Any employee of The Arc of Howard County can submit a nomination. All nominations will be evaluated and assessed for eligibility.
  All nominations must be submitted no later than August 30, 2021. Please send nominations to deanaward@archoward.org The recipient will be announced at the beginning of Direct Support Professional Week in September.
They will be recognized during Direct Support Professional Week, which is September 12 – September 18, 2021
The nomination form is attached. If you would like any assistance with writing this nomination, or if you have any questions, please contact the Resource Department.
Thank you for all you do each and every day!
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Congratulations to the 2021 Celebration of Excellence Award Winners!

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2021 Celebration of Excellence and 60th Year Celebration

The Arc of Howard County’s 2021 Celebration of Excellence was held virtually on May 12, 2021. Congratulations to all of our award winners for making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities!

  • Self-Advocate of the Year: Jeffrey Jones, Carlotta Martin, and Janice Martin
  • Excellence in Employment: Robert Walker, Natalie Dohner, and Vytex Windows
  • Excellence in Professional Services: ALFA Specialty Pharmacy
  • Excellence in Community: FEED HOWARD COUNTY
  • Excellence in Public Service: Senator Clarence Lam and Delegate Eric Ebersole
  • Volunteer of the Year: Matt Hart and Sarah Wheedleton
  • The Amanda & Jill Dean Direct Support Professional Award: Annie Caldwell
  • President’s Award: Richard Dean
  • Employee of the Year: All of Arc of Howard County DSPs
  • COVID-19 Heroes of the Year: Deborah Wagner and Naomi Lyvers

Virtual Learning Campus: Partnership Between Humanim and The Arc of Howard County

Virtual Learning Campus-Partnership Between Humanim and The Arc of Howard County

Today we spotlight the Virtual Learning Campus – a program partnership between

Humanim and The Arc of Howard County focused on providing meaningful learning opportunities, engaging experiences, and social supports on a virtual platform for I/DD community members who are isolated at home.
Participants are given a safe outlet for self expression, as well as a variety of learning opportunities including classes, creative workshops, social events, and more. Past classes have included virtual cooking classes with City Seeds, Music Therapy, Movies, Games, Yoga, Dance Parties, DIY crafts with AR Workshop Annapolis, and virtual animal encounters with the Maryland Zoo.
Through this partnership, Humanim and The Arc have been able to increase the scope of services to meet the diverse interests and needs of individuals isolated at home, while creating greater access to virtual learning opportunities for the I/DD community.
The Virtual Learning Campus is available to all Humanim and Arc of Howard County clients.
Through this partnership, Humanim and The Arc have been able to increase the scope of services to meet the diverse interests and needs of individuals isolated at home, while creating greater access to virtual learning opportunities for the I/DD community. The Virtual Learning Campus is available to all Humanim and Arc of Howard County clients. View Virtual Learning Campus class calendar on the Humanim website.

Residential Guidelines COVID-19 Residential Visitation Guidelines 3/2021


Arc of Howard County Updated Covid-19 Information 2/26/2021

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Updated Covid-19 Information

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we are constantly evaluating when we can reopen our Homewood Road facility for Day services. Like all of you, we are encouraged by the lower Covid-19 numbers. We have also worked hard to make information about the importance of the vaccine and the vaccine available to the people we support as well as to all of our staff. However, we cannot re-open our doors until we are able to ensure that the health and safety of our individuals and staff can be maintained. This includes the safety and well being of people in transport, in the community and in the building. Please know we are doing our level best to reopen, and we will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. We will continue to keep you updated and as always, we appreciate your understanding and support.